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Greek Chi and Anointment

In Menachos 75a and other places it says that meshicha, smearing of oil, on the רקיקים wafer-offerings, is done כמין כי יווני - like a greek letter chi. Tosefos there brings quite a few explanations ...
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Translating an Abarbanel in Melachim

I'm having trouble translating this paragraph, particularly because of the phrases I am bolding. It is the אברבנאל on מלכים א פרק ב פסוק ו: ואחרי שספר דוד כל המעשה הזה אשר עשה יואב נגדו, אמר לשלמה בנו ...
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Isaiah 40:3 on "preparing road for the Lord"

Isaiah 40:3 says: "קוֹל קוֹרֵא בַּמִּדְבָּר פַּנּוּ דֶּרֶךְ ה' יַשְּׁרוּ בָּעֲרָבָה מְסִלָּה לֵאלֹהֵינוּ׃" פנו דרך יי" and often translated as "clear a/the road for/of the Lord&...
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Who is the commentary on Sefer Orech Apayim?

On the bottom of the sefer there is a commentary by the name "V'Yosef Avraham". Does anyone know who wrote this? See picture below from HebrewBooks.org
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Spared from the pains of the birthpangs of Moshiach

I am looking for some explanations given by modern commentators on the following question: The question is: why does studying Torah protects a person against the pains of the birthpangs of Moshiach? ...
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Sefer אפיקי מים on Sanhedrin 97a

There's a sefer called אפיקי מים where it comments on Sanhedrin 97a, on the following: ת"ר שבוע שבן דוד בא בו שנה ראשונה מתקיים מקרא זה (עמוס ד, ז) והמטרתי על עיר אחת ועל עיר אחת לא אמטיר שניה ...
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Did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?

I heard that Ibn Ezra preserved some of Solomon Ibn Gabirol's exegesis in his great commentary on the Pentateuch, but did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?
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Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni

Does anyone know if the Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni, Leviticus remez 137 is available online? (First published 1586.)
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How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)?

A follow-up to my first question, which is really what I was going for on that question: How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)? @Dov sourced Rashi to Rabbeinu Gershom, but that doesn'...
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Yaakov's travel from Be'er Sheva to Haran: a spiritual journey?

The Torah tells us that Yaakov went from Be'er Sheva towards Haran (Bereishit 28:10). If you look at the map, Haran is somewhere in modern day Turkey (if I'm correct), so the journey was upwards. When ...
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Source for a quote from a commentary

Allegedly the following quote is from Rav Abraham Saba's commentary on the Torah, Parashat Chaie Sarah: הרבה נחשים צייעונים וכלבים עזי נפש יש לו לקדוש ברוך הוא בעולמו. אם התחיבנו גלות, או לנו הכא ...
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Sources needed on Torah-Study

I'm looking for the following sources, I searched for it, but unfortunately can't find them on HebrewBooks (might be my mistake though) Igros Moshe, Orach Chayim 1:20 by R'Moshe Feinstein, in which ...
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Who comes and what will happen in Edom Bozrah?

Looking at Isaiah 63:1 Who is this coming from Edom? In crimsoned garments from Bozrah. Who is this, majestic in attire, pressing forward in His great might? “It is I, who contend victoriously, ...
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Mashiach and the (blessing of the) tribes (Gen. 49)

I have a question regarding the blessings of the tribes in Bereishis 49. The Torah (49:14) states for example, "Issachar is a strong-boned ass, Crouching among the sheepfolds", which Rashi ...
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Jewish sources for Jerome on Daniel 11:34

Jerome, in his commentary on Daniel 11:34, wrote (my translation from a Hebrew translation): "In defeat, they will receive a little help - there are among the Jews that relate this verse to ...
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What does "Britain" have to do with "the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh"?

Abarbanel on Torah, Deuteronomy 28:49, writes "Now he mentions the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh. From afar. Who came from Britain and other distant countries speedily." I only ...
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יחד one, sole, only, set apart?

Genesis 22:2 says: Take now thy son, thine ben yachid (only son) Yitzchak, whom thou lovest. Literally it says your son, your ‘individual, only, sole’, whom you love, Yitzchak (אֶת־בִּנְךָ֨ אֶת־...
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Father Son what do these terms imply?

I'm not so much interested to who or what these words refer to in these verses, but what I would like to know, however, is what the terms 'father' and 'son' mean when used in the Tenach when it’s not ...
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Bar Enash; what, who(m) and why?

Daniel 7:13 uses the words k’bar enash, “like a human (being)”. It’s in Aramaic. I often hear that these words would be a translation for the Hebrew k’ben Adam. But because Aramaic and Hebrew are ...
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Bar Enash a designation of an authoritative representative of another?

Daniel 7:13. In that prophetic verse, Daniel declares that he sees one like a son of (mortal) man coming with clouds to the Ancient of Days to be presented before Him. The expression ‘like a son of ...
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Are the words אנש and איש related?

Could someone help me out: Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Wertheimer (1866-1935) writes that the root of enosh is ish, with the additional NUN to serve as a diminutive. Now I would like to know if the Hebrew ...
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Why the distinction between groups of people in Psalm 49?

Psalm 49:2-3 reads something like: Hear inhabitants of the world, (and) also sons of Adam, and also sons of Ish... Why is there a distinction made here between inhabitants of the world, sons of Adam ...
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What does the word s'chach סכך have to do with anointing or pouring?

What does the word s'chach סכך (the roof of a sukkah or succah) have to do with anointing or pouring? The word s'chach סכך appears to come from the verb to anoint or to pour, as in the following ...
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Isaiah 58:3 what was wrong with the fast?

I was looking at Isaiah 58:3 and had some trouble with translating this part of the verse: הֵ֣ן בְּי֤וֹם צֹֽמְכֶם֙ תִּמְצְאוּ־חֵ֔פֶץ וְכָל־עַצְּבֵיכֶ֖ם תִּנְגֹּֽשׂוּ "Behold, in the day of your ...
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When did Rosh Hashanah begin?

When did Rosh Hashanah begin? According to a scientific observation, the sliver of moon was first sighted on Tuesday night. My understanding is that Rosh Hashanah begins at the appearance of such. Is ...
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Talmid Rabbeinu Yeĥiel of Paris on Moed Katan

Steinsaltz edition of Moed Katan cites a comment on daf 17a from Talmid Rabbeinu Yeĥiel of Paris. This doesn’t appear in Tosafot. Does anyone know where I might find it?
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What does it mean when G-d speaks or one hear His Voice? [duplicate]

I'd like to post a slightly odd question. When G-d speaks what does this mean? As we know, G-d is not corporeal; does not have any physical characteristics/body. Yet it’s still possible to produce ...
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Perushim on the TA"Z

I'm aware that generally speaking the Machatzis Hashekel as well as the Ashel Avraham (Pri Migadim) act as perushim on the Magen Avraham. In fact, the Pri migadim has a perush on the TA"Z called ...
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Where can I find Rav David Tzvi Hoffman's commentary?

I have seen it alleged that Rav David Tzvi Hoffman disagrees with the Ramban's interpretation of Devarim 18:15, and would like to see details. Where can I find his commentary, so as to compare what he ...
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Who is Filwarg?

I have seen a number of articles on Ibn Ezra that quote a supercommentator known as "Jonah Filwarg" (usually just referred to as "J. Filwarg") who wrote a book known as "Bnei ...
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Magen Avraham's sources from the Arizal

When the Magen Avraham (commentary on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim) refers to כתבים, writings, as his source, I take it for granted that he is referring to the writings of the students of the Arizal. ...
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R Eliyahu Guttmacher on the Mishnah

Does anyone know where I can read R Eliyahu Guttmacher's chiddushim on the Mishnah (specifically, Keilim)? Apparently published in the Romm Talmud edition, but I've not managed to identify this online....
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Numbering in the Mordechai

I've noticed that the Mordechai has a strange numbering system (א,ב,ג etc.) that goes through it. I thought it might just be enumerating the individual halachos l'maaseh, but I noticed that it often ...
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Do the words "Omer" (as in counting the Omer) and "Amar" (to speak or to say) have a connection to each other?

Do the words "Omer" (as in counting the Omer, starts with Ayin) and "Amar" (to speak or to say, starts with Alef) have a connection to each other? If so, what were the ...
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How can tumah pass through a cupboard?

Ohalot 4:1 says that where there is a source of tumah beneath a cupboard, everything in the house is tamei. ArtScroll adds that the things in the cupboard remain tahor: “the tumah penetrates into the ...
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Can we call G-d our mother?

Today it’s Mother's Day, which made me wonder if I could call G-d mother? Because G-d ‘gave life’ to all things. Of course we call him Aba, but why not Ima?
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Super-commentary and or index

Many times, a given seffer has a commentary and or index written on it, but due to lack of knowledge about it or lack of accessibility, the commentary/index remains largely unknown. This question ...
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How does the Beta Israelite community interpret Wayikra/Leviticus 16 in regards to the scapegoat, "Azazel"?

To my understanding, the Beta Israel community accepts HaSepher Chanoch within their canon. That being said within HaSepher Chanoch, Azazel is described as a fallen angel (Enoch Literature) which is ...
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Translation of Radak's commentary

I am still learning Hebrew, so some aid in translating this short passage would be much appreciated. Seems to say something about the Babylonian exile and regarding kere and ketiv? Radak's commentary ...
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"Rambam In Context" Sefer

Is anyone aware of a Sefer which traces the psokim of the Rambam to their source in the Gemoro together with providing the necessary background and other varying halachic opinions? In other words a ...
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Ibn Ezra List of Secrets

Often times, Ibn Ezra will say something to the effect of "There is a secret here", and provide perhaps a few terse phrases by way of explanation. For example, there is his famous Sod ...
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I need help understanding the Seforno's commentary on Shir HaShirim

It is Perek Hay Pasuk Yud Daled (5:12) and I can't understand it. עֵינָ֕יו כְּיוֹנִ֖ים עַל־אֲפִ֣יקֵי מָ֑יִם רֹֽחֲצוֹת֙ בֶּֽחָלָ֔ב יֹשְׁב֖וֹת עַל־מִלֵּֽאת׃ Here it is for anyone who wants to have a ...
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What commentators follow approach of Remez

I mean, could you please name some commentators on the Torah? For example: Pshat (Rashi, Rashbam, Radak, Ibn Ezra).
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Bells on the Kohen's tunic - what are they for?

What are they for bells that bring the priests in exodus and Leviticus? I find no comments about Rashi or other rabbis.
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In Genesis 4:26 was HaShem (positively or negatively) known in the world due to אֱנ֑וֹשׁ Enosh?

In Bereishit 4:26, we read : "And to Seth also to him a son was born, and he named him Enosh; then it became common to call by the name of the Lord." (וּלְשֵׁ֤ת גַּם־הוּא֙ יֻלַּד־בֵּ֔ן ...
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In Shemot 12:23, Was הַמַּשְׁחִ֔ית Ha-Mashchit (The-Destroyer) actually HaShem Himself or a Mal’ak?

In Shemot 12:23, Was הַמַּשְׁחִ֔ית Ha-Mashchit (The-Destroyer) actually HaShem Himself or a Mal’ak? After reading verse 23 in Exodus 12 : “For when YHVH goes through to smite the Egyptians, He will ...
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How old was Binyamin when he and his brothers went down to meet Yosef

Just like the title reads. Citing the interaction between the brothers and Yosef in Egpyt during the famine retold in Bereishit 42-44, I am curious to know if any mefarshim comment on the age of ...
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What does G-d do on Shabbat?

Shabbat is a day of rest, but are there any commentaries that tell us what G-d is doing on this day? Does He also rest or is He involved in certain activities, duties, tasks, work?
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Why did G-d choose to speak creation into existence

“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” - Edward Hopper. In Menoras Hameor R. Yitzchak Abuhav ...
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In Bamidbar 6:5, which is Holy for 30-days : [It] Hair, or [He] Nazir?

Rashi disagrees with Rav Mattana on the interpretation of Bamidbar 6:5. Rav Mattana believes the 30-day duration of Naziriteship (based on the gematria value of Yihye) makes the Nazir "holy"....

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